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Data center power in 2019

Data center power in 2019
It is expected that there will be more than 175 zettabytes of data by 2025. Data center construction and deployment, as well as upgrading efforts in existing older ones, is booming with the advent of 5G, starting in earnest at the 2020 Olympics in Japan (6G is already being discussed for future development) and the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). It makes so much sense to me that GaN should be the power transistor of choice in Data Center power architectures where size, efficiency and speed are critical. In all the topologies with 48 VIN, the highest ... Read more
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GaN Makes a Frontal Attack on Silicon Power MOSFETS

GaN Makes a Frontal Attack on Silicon Power MOSFETS
Today’s GaN FETs are improving rapidly in size and performance. The benchmark devices are still 300 times away from their theoretical performance limits. The early GaN adopters needed the speed. Big examples were lidar systems for autonomous cars, drones, and robots, and 4G/LTE base stations. The volume has grown, and now GaN power devices are at a point where the prices are equivalent to the slower, bigger and aging power MOSFET. Thus, it is time for GaN’s frontal assault! Bodo’s Power Systems June 2019 Read article Read more
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GaN enhancement for 48V DC/DC power conversion in servers and automotive

GaN enhancement for 48V DC/DC power conversion in servers and automotive
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) has recently introduced two new, 100V, GaN devices that are able to handle 48V server and automotive needs. I will be examining the 48V server power solutions to the processor as well as in automotive and energy storage systems (See my article Bi-directional DC/DC power supplies: Which way do we go?) bi-directional supplies, in an EDN exclusive article coming up in the near future. GaN power transistors MUST be a part of these kinds of architectures; from my point-of-view there is no better alternative. Planet Analog Read article Read more
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The Power and Evolution of GaN

The Power and Evolution of GaN
Gallium nitride(GaN)-on-silicon low voltage power devices have enabled many new applications since commercial availability began in 2010. New markets, such as light detection and ranging (LiDAR), envelope tracking, and wireless power, emerged due to the superior switching speed of GaN. These new applications have helped develop a strong supply chain, low production costs, and an enviable reliability record. All of this provides adequate incentive for the more conservative design engineers in applications, such as dc–dc converters, ac–dc converters, and automotive to start their evaluation ... Read more
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EPC to Showcase High Power Density DC-DC Conversion for Computers and Cars, as well as Multiple High Frequency Applications Using eGaN FETs and Integrated Circuits at PCIM Europe 2018

EPC to Showcase High Power Density DC-DC Conversion for Computers and Cars, as well as Multiple High Frequency Applications Using eGaN FETs and Integrated Circuits at PCIM Europe 2018
Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) will exhibit live demonstrations at PCIM Europe 2018 showing how GaN technology’s superior performance is transforming power delivery for entire industries including computing, communications, and automotive. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — May 2018 — The EPC team will be delivering five technical presentations on gallium nitride (GaN) technology and applications at PCIM Europe 2018 in Nuremberg, Germany from June 5th through the 7th. In addition, in Hall 7, Stand 539, the company will exhibit its latest eGaN® FETs and ICs in customers’ ... Read more
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EPC to Showcase GaN Applications at Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in Asia 2018 (WiPDA)

EPC to Showcase GaN Applications at Wide Bandgap Power Devices and Applications in Asia 2018 (WiPDA)
EPC continues its 2018 GaN China Roadshow with participation in the upcoming WiPDA 2018 conference in Xian May 17th through 18th EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— May 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) started a GaN China Roadshow 2018 beginning in Shenzhen in March with technical presentations at the AirFuel Developers Forum. The second event in the roadshow was participation in SEMI China’s Power and Compound Semiconductor International Forum held in Shanghai, where Alex Lidow, CEO gave a keynote speech. Soon, from May 17 to 19, EPC will be meeting with engineers ... Read more
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EPC at APEC 2018 by EE Online

EPC at APEC 2018 by EE Online
EPC CEO & Co-Founder, Alex Lidow gives Lee Teschler from EE World Online a tour of the EPC booth at APEC 2018 where EPC demonstrations included a high-power density 48 V – 12 V non-isolated converter capable of delivering over 700 W. In addition, a range of 3-D real-time LiDAR imaging sensors used in autonomous vehicles were displayed. Also, a single desktop implementing a high power resonant wireless charging solution capable of generating 300 W to wirelessly power a wide range of devices including cell phones, notebook computers, monitors, wireless speakers, smart watches, and table ... Read more
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Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Experts Joining Engineers in China to Innovate New Designs by Maximizing GaN FET and IC Performance, More Than Just Replacing MOSFETs

Efficient Power Conversion (EPC) Experts Joining Engineers in China to Innovate New Designs by Maximizing GaN FET and IC Performance, More Than Just Replacing MOSFETs

EPC will exhibit live demonstrations showing how GaN technology’s superior performance is transforming power delivery for entire industries including wireless charging, DC/DC, LiDAR and automotive.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — March 8, 2018 — The EPC executive and technical team will be engaged in three industry events in Shenzhen and Shanghai, China on March 14 – 16 in demonstrating and sharing with engineers on how to maximize GaN FET and IC performance in their innovative designs, to win their customers.

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EPC Introduces Two eGaN ICs Combining Gate Drivers with High Frequency GaN FETs for Improved Efficiency, Reduced Size and Lower Cost

EPC Introduces Two eGaN ICs Combining Gate Drivers with High Frequency GaN FETs for Improved Efficiency, Reduced Size and Lower Cost
EPC2112 and EPC2115 GaN-based monolithic integrated solutions offer power systems designers the ability to increase efficiency in an extremely small size. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — March 2018 — Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announces the EPC2112 and EPC2115 enhancement-mode monolithic GaN power transistor with integrated driver products. The EPC2112 is a 200 V, 40-mΩ eGaN® FET plus integrated gate driver. In comparison, the EPC2115 is an integrated circuit with dual 150 V, 70-mΩ eGaN FETs plus gate drivers. Both products are capable of operating up to 7 MHz and ... Read more
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EPC to Showcase Industry-Leading Performance in High Power Density DC-DC Conversion and Multiple High Frequency Applications Using eGaN Technology at APEC 2018

EPC to Showcase Industry-Leading Performance in High Power Density DC-DC Conversion and Multiple High Frequency Applications Using eGaN Technology at APEC 2018
EPC will exhibit live demonstrations showing how GaN technology’s superior performance is transforming power delivery for entire industries including computing, communications, and automotive. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — February 2018 — The EPC team will be delivering seven technical presentations on gallium nitride (GaN) technology and applications at APEC 2018 in San Antonio, Texas from March 4th through the 8th. In addition, the company will demonstrate its latest eGaN FETs and ICs in customers’ end products that are enabled by eGaN technology. Read more
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Will GaN and the Tesla SpaceX car survive space radiation? Yes and no.

Will GaN and the Tesla SpaceX car survive space radiation? Yes and no.
Two space travel related stories hit my desktop this week; one that rapidly generated major international headlines and one that slid very quietly onto my email screen. The headline-hitter was the successful launch of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket with its payload of a Tesla sports car, complete with a dummy driver at the wheel. The second was about Gallium Nitride technology that would be suitable for space applications. Electro Pages Read article Read more
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EPC Releases Video Series on How GaN is Changing the Way We Live

EPC Releases Video Series on How GaN is Changing the Way We Live
Produced by industry experts, Efficient Power Conversion has posted six videos showing active end-use applications such as a wireless power tabletop, high performance LiDAR, single-stage 48 V – 1.8 V DC-DC conversion, and precision motor drive control using gallium nitride transistors and integrated circuits. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – April 2017 – Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (www.epc-co.com) has created and posted to its website six short videos presenting end-customer applications using eGaN® FETs and ICs. These videos show how GaN technology is changing the ... Read more
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Peregrine Semiconductor Unveils the World’s Fastest GaN FET Driver

Peregrine Semiconductor Unveils the World’s Fastest GaN FET Driver
GaN-based FETs are disrupting the power conversion market and are displacing silicon-based metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistors (MOSFETs). Compared to MOSFETs, GaN FETs operate much faster and have higher switching speeds in the smallest possible volume. The promise of GaN is that it can dramatically reduce the size and weight of any power supply. To reach their performance potential, these high-performance GaN transistors need an optimized gate driver. Peregrine Semiconductor July 12, 2016 Read article Read more
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'Tis the season to be wasteful

'Tis the season to be wasteful
In 2014, data centers in the United States consumed approximately 100 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy. To add insult to injury, the power needed to support this rapidly growing demand comes from an electrical grid that is wildly inefficient and is based on infrastructure that was created, in large part, more than a century ago. Just how significant is this waste? It turns out that the power grid supplies 150W of power to meet the demands of a digital chip that may need only 100W. Moreover, the amount of wasted energy is even greater because every watt of power lost through power ... Read more
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